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NSW Government Silences Animal Rights Activists


Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim ‘Ag-gag’ laws prohibit individuals, including animal rights activists, from filming or photographing animal agricultural practices on farms and in slaughterhouses. The laws are supposed protect our agricultural industry, but their practical effect is to inhibit the exposure of animal cruelty and thereby enable big farming operations to treat animals as they please. ...

Modern Chains: An Interview with Anti-Slavery Australia’s Professor Jennifer Burn


The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates there are 45.8 million people around the globe currently in some form of modern slavery. While Australia has one of the lowest rates in the world, the index still puts the number of people enslaved in some form in this country at 4,300. Today, the shackles and marketplace of the traditional slave ...

Indigenous Women Unite Against Domestic Violence


Indigenous women are sick and tired of the endemic domestic violence in their communities. Indeed, the statistics paint a horrific picture of the extent of violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. And that’s exactly what has Indigenous women so frustrated and angry, and banding together. The victims of domestic violence aren’t ...

Government Agency Fails to Protect Confidential Information


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The new meta-data retention laws mean internet service providers (ISPs) must retain the personal information of users for a period of two years, and make that data available to a whole host of government departments without them even having to obtain a warrant. The laws give our state and federal ...

South Australia Set to Decriminalise Sex Work


South Australia currently has some of the most repressive sex work laws in the country. However, a bill that passed through the South Australian upper house on July 6, has brought the decade’s long push to decriminalise the state’s sex work industry one step closer. The Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill was initially tabled ...

Australia’s Best University Revealed


The QS World University Rankings places over 950 institutions across the globe in a range of categories, including by course of study and overall excellence. It applies six broad metrics to ascertain a score for each category, which then determines the institution’s ranking within that category. These metrics are: Academic reputation Employer reputation Faculty/ student ...

The Evolution of Punishment: From the Corporeal to Incarceration


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Renowned French philosopher Michel Foucault opens his 1975 work Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Modern Prison with an account of the death of Robert-Francois Damiens – the last French citizen to be drawn and quartered, on 1 March, 1757. A domestic servant, Damiens was publicly executed for allegedly attempting ...

Reducing Indigenous Crime: Mass Incarceration is Not the Answer


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the most incarcerated on earth by percentage of their population. Currently, the Indigenous incarceration rate in Australia is 2,430 inmates per 100,000 adults. In March this year, there were 11,288 Indigenous adults detained in the Australian prison system. The nation’s First Peoples account for ...

NSW Court Confirms Gittany Murder Conviction


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At 10am on 30 July 2011, ABC journalist Joshua Rathmell was on his usual route to work. He was walking through the southern end of Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD, when he heard “deranged screaming” from a male voice. The journalist looked up and saw a bare-chested man “unload” a ...

The Homelessness Crisis: An Interview with RMIT Professor Guy Johnson


Homelessness is an ever-increasing issue in Australia. Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world with one of the most equal distributions of wealth, an estimated one in every two hundred people in Australia are homeless. In mid-2015, there were 105,237 homeless people in Australia, according to Homelessness Australia. The highest level of ...